Yesterday a big truck pulled up to my front door to deliver a pallet of boxes filled with my newly published booklet, The Cosmic Consequences of Christ’s Crosswork. The driver greeted me saying he was “a Christian and a patriot!”
He explained that he’d delivered the pallet of my previous booklet a couple of months ago, and my daughter, who’d signed for it, had told him it was titled Social Justice vs. Biblical Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel, so he knew I was “a Christian and a patriot” too. (He also remarked that my daughter had spoken proudly of me as an author and Christian theologian. You can bet that warmed my heart!)
When I told him the subject of this booklet, he said he’d never heard before that Christ had come to achieve anything other than the salvation of individual souls.
I briefly explained that Romans 8 and Colossians 1 teach us that Christ also came so “that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21), that is, “to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:20).
He was fascinated—and encouraged. I broke open one of the boxes and handed him a copy.
“This is for you,” I said. He broke into a big grin and thanked me.
That truck driver—Brian—is typical of many evangelical Christians in America today. They all understand that Christ came to save sinners who would repent of their sin and trust in Him. Few understand that He came to do far more than that: to bring about a transformation of all of human society and indeed a transformation of the whole cosmos, setting it free from the “bondage to decay” to which God had subjected it in judgment of Adam’s sin, and ushering it into “the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
The message of Christ’s saving work for individual sinners is indeed glorious—the most glorious message we have.
But the message that His work extends to the whole cosmos is also glorious. It’s what motivates us at the Cornwall Alliance to pursue our mission to help people understand how to be good stewards of this wonderful earth of which God has given mankind dominion.
That’s why I wrote The Cosmic Consequences of Christ’s Crosswork. I want you to have it. I believe you’ll find it tremendously encouraging. It fleshes out what’s hinted at in one of my favorite verses in the Christmas carol Joy to the World: “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found!”